Well-known film producer fined for contempt of court in rice-pledging trial

A well-known Thai film producer and independent film director ML Mingmongkol Sonakul and her associate were today fined 500 baht each after both were found guilty of acting in a manner that could be a threat to the safety of state prosecutors.

ML Mingmongkol, better known as Mom Tao Na, and her associate Thad Wanparuhat, a former secretary to a dissolved House Standing Committee on Religion Affairs, were charged by state prosecutors in the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders for contempt of court during the trial of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in the rice pledging scheme.

The prosecutors accused them of acting in a manner that was a threat to their safety when both followed the state prosecutors closely after the ending of the hearing session, took their photos and staring them at close range. This happened at noon on October 7 last year.

The prosecutors said such threatening manner was a contempt of the court.

At today’s hearing, the panel of four judges of the Supreme Court said that as both defendants have earlier admitted to staring the state prosecutors, it convicted them guilty of the charge with reason that both had acted on a manner that could be a threat to their safety.

However since the threatening manner is a minor offence, the court just fined them 500 baht each.

Mom Tao Na declined comment after the sentence was read, but she said that she would not attend the next trial of the rice pledging scheme tomorrow to give morale support to Ms Yingluck.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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